An update on Monday morning’s post, 12 “men” arrested in UK terrorism plot. Pretty sad when a small-time blog is aware of a major jihad arrest before the Director of National Intelligence in the U.S. via White House admits national intelligence chief was left in the dark about UK terrorism arrests | Mail Online.
Red-faced White House officials admitted today that the nation’s top intelligence chief was mistakenly left in the dark about key terrorist arrests in London.
The humiliating confession came after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stumbled when he was asked about the raids by ABC anchor Diane Sawyer.
The British arrests to foil an alleged al Qaeda terror plot got wide coverage on TV news shows and newspapers. But the spy chief appeared stumped when asked whether there were any US links.
Sawyer was talking to Mr Clapper, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, and John Brennan, the president’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism.
Mr Clapper was caught totally off guard by Sawyer’s reference to the London arrests, and Mr Brennan hastily broke in to comment on the situation.
Sawyer told Mr Clapper she was ‘a little surprised’ that he ‘didn’t know about London’, to which he replied: ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t.’
The slip was an embarrassment both to President Obama, who will be concerned his appointee was left out of the loop, as well as Mr Clapper – whose effectiveness as the central figure in charge of America’s myriad intelligence agencies is increasingly being questioned.
The job, created after the 9/11 attacks, is widely seen as failing to live up to its billing as a way of channeling information from the different agencies.
Today, Mr John Brennan admitted that Mr Clapper should have been kept abreast of the UK arrests.
The video is floating out there somewhere. In it Janet Napolitano states that DHS, Clapper, Brennan, et al, are working 24/7/”364″ to protect the American people. Are there three less competent people in charge of national security in the U.S.?